“This is a great day for religious liberty in the United Kingdom…We give thanks to God for the outcome, and we continue to pray for our Government, as Scripture exhorts us to do, that God would bless their counsels.”
(London, England)â€”Christian Today has reported on the answer to many Christians’ prayers after the House of Lords on Monday defeated changes to a law that would have required church groups to hire homosexuals or others whose manner of life is inconsistent with their teaching.
Lady O’Cathain, whose amendment to the Equality Bill specified an exemption for religious groups to equality employment laws, said: “I know that very many Christians were praying that justice would prevail as the House of Lords voted on this important issue….We give thanks to God for the outcome, and we continue to pray for our Government, as Scripture exhorts us to do, that God would bless their counsels.” (Photo: House of Lords-BBC)
The Christian Institute’s Mike Judge commented, “The prayers of thousands of Christians and letter writing to peers was key to protecting our freedom. Surely churches should be free to employ people whose conduct is consistent with church teaching…It’s called freedom of association, and it’s a key liberty in any democratic society.”
Andrea Minichiello Williams, director of Christian Concern For Our Nation, also praised Monday’s vote. “This is a great day for religious liberty in the United Kingdom. We are thankful that the law has not been changed and the freedom of churches to control their own affairs has not been restricted any further. The results show what can happen when Christians pray and take action. Let us be encouraged that even in an increasingly secular society, the voice of the Church can still be heard.”
The report cautions that Harriet Harman, whose name is attached to the Equality Bill, may yet decide to force the bill through the House of Commons or revert to an EU directive prohibiting discrimination in the workplace on the grounds of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.